Chapter 3: Under the Clouds is a Blue Sky
Appointed as Kenshin’s “assistant”, she spent her days managing the internal affairs of the army.
Learning about each other gradually, the distance between her and the commanders gradually shrunk, and the atmosphere in the army also began to change.
After Kenshin-san had requested that Kanetsugu-san and I work together to welcome the delegation…
Kanetsugu-san refused to work with me and, not having a choice, I went to talk to all the vassals alone.
When I asked about acquiring the supplies and preparation of the dishes, everyone said “There’s not enough materials so I want you to buy them”, and so I came to the castle town but–
I staggered through the town while carrying a large amount of goods.
[YUZUKI]: (But all of this is needed to prepare our hospitality…)
[YUZUKI]: (I shouldn’t complain and I need to do my best…!)
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Oh my, why are you carrying so many things?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Kagemochi-san! I was asked to buy these…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Asked to…?”
Kagemochi-san said that and tilted his head but, seeming to decide this wasn’t the time to think about it, he quickly stretched out a hand towards me.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Be that as it may, it is hard for you alone to carry so much. Let me help as well.”
[YUZUKI]: “Really? Thank you so much, that helps!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “It’s nothing. So, who was it that asked for these? There is so much…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I see, to welcome the delegation. You have been entrusted with quite an important duty.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “To be entrusted with an important job related to diplomacy means Kenshin-sama trusts in you greatly.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-Is that the case…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Yes. However, such an important duty–“
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Is it not too much for you alone, when you just arrived in Uesugi?”
[YUZUKI]: “In truth, it was suppose to be done with Kanetsugu-san but…”
When I spoke up to that point, Kagemochi-san nodded slowly, as if having guessed everything.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Aah, I see…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kanetsugu is not a bad person, however… he rarely wishes to work together with people.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Please do not be so depressed. Do not worry, Kanetsugu does not… dislike you per se.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kanetsugu treats others strictly because of his strong sense of responsibility.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Thus, please find it in yourself to forgive him.”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No way…! Kagemochi-san, it’s not something for you to apologize for…”
When I replied in a hurry, Kagemochi-san appeared relieved and answered with the simple words, “Thank you”.
[YUZUKI]: “It really saved me trouble with your help in carrying these goods…!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Oh no, this was not a problem. If you have any difficulties from now on, you can ask me for help without reservation.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay, thank you so much! I’ll take my leave now…!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Still, there seems to have been a considerable amount of useless goods for welcoming the delegation…”
After I left Kagemochi-san, I went to the vassals to deliver what I bought but–
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? What do you mean you don’t remember asking me to buy these…?”
[VASSAL]: “It means exactly what it means.”
[VASSAL]: “Generally speaking, even if you buy these many things, they’ll just go bad.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s… I did as I was asked…”
[VASSAL]: “Anyway, return all the things we don’t need, and buy only the things we need again.”
[YUZUKI]: (What…! I wrote down exactly what they asked for and went, so there’s no way I got it wrong…!)
[YUZUKI]: (But… this is task that Kenshin-san finally entrusted to me, so I have to accomplish it no matter what I have to do…)
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry… I understand. I’ll buy everything again.”
Feeling depressed, the moment I tried to go out to the town once more…
[VASSAL]: “Did you see her face just now. What a great feeling.”
[VASSAL]: “Truly. Being a suspicious girl who was appointed to an important post by Kenshin-sama, we should waste her efforts as much as possible.”
[YUZUKI]: (Wha…!? So those people made me buy those useless things on purpose?)
Hearing those voices beyond the sliding screen, I immediately wanted to open the sliding screen and argue with the vassals, but…
[YUZUKI]: (… No, all the work will be ruined if I give into my feelings here and get angry. I have to bear with this…)
[KANETSUGU]: “… Hey.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Kanetsugu-san! Where have you been until now–“
[KANETSUGU]: “What did those guys ask you to buy?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Umm…”
As I looked at the paper I wrote myself, I read out the things that were requested in order. Kanetsugu-san listened with an unhappy face.
[KANETSUGU]: “They’re all useless things… I thought this would happen.”
Kanetsugu-san spat that out and then suddenly grabbed my arm–
The vassals were startled when Kanetsugu-san slammed open the sliding screen.
[KANETSUGU]: “You guys. What’s the meaning of buying all these useless things?”
[VASSAL]: “… I do not know what you are talking about.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Don’t act dumb. What’s the meaning of wasting the Uesugi Army’s funds for your stupid harassment?”
[VASSAL]: “T-That is…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Furthermore, if the reception of the delegation doesn’t go well because of this, it would become a diplomatic problem.”
The faces of the vassals paled, probably when they thought about this matter being reported to Kenshin-san.
[VASSAL]: “… We’ll make a correct list immediately…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Enough. I don’t need your hands. You’ll just get in the way.”
Kanetsugu-san cast them off like that and, while still holding my arm, left the room.
[YUZUKI]: “Kanetsugu-san… thank you for helping me.”
[KANETSUGU]: “It’s not like I did that to help you.”
[KANETSUGU]: “It’s just those men are incompetent people whose point of living is to just drag others down.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Never lower your head again to them.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay, I understand…!”
Kanetsugu-san nodded with a sour look still and then took out a paper from his breast pocket and showed that to me.
[YUZUKI]: “This is…?”
[KANETSUGU]: “It’s a list of the vassals we can trust and the shops near the castle. I was planning to go around alone but… you’re coming with me too.”
[YUZUKI]: (Kanetsugu-san was making preparations to welcome the delegation alone… but…)
[YUZUKI]: “… Kanetsugu-san, why didn’t you say this from the beginning?”
[KANETSUGU]: “I don’t want to work with people who only flap their mouths and abandon things immediately. I thought you were liket hat too so I didn’t say anything but–“
Kanetsugu-san’s expression relaxed just a little as he looked me.
[KANETSUGU]: “You gave it your all to do what you could do. You never gave up, even if the demands were unreasonable.”
[KANETSUGU]: “I can trust someone like that. So…”
[KANETSUGU]: “If it’s with you… we can work together.”
At that point, Kanetsugu-san realized he was still holding my arm and released it in a hurry.
[KANETSUGU]: “H-However, don’t get in my way…!”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, okay!”